'He thought he was the hunter. he forgot about me.' JOHN CARR is relaxing on a Spanish beach - surrounded by holidaymakers - when a man with dark eyes attracts his attention. The man - fixated on a group of young Britons - doesn't notice the former SAS man, and soon moves on. Within the hour, Carr will be plunged into one of the most audacious and horrific terror attacks Europe has ever seen. In a co-ordinated strike, armed men storm both that beach and a British cruise ship anchored further up the Costa del Sol. But the terrorists - hiding personal greed under the veil of religious extremism - have an even bolder plan. Constrained by the political situation, the British government cannot react officially. So MI6 and the Prime Minister must confront the possibility of a secret operation against a brutal enemy. And then find a man to lead it. Some men will stop at nothing. John Carr is one of them.